May 19, 2008

The Messiah Has Spoken

Listen up, people:

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.

"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.

Translation: "I'll tell you how much you can drive your SUV, how much you can eat and how much central air you can use because those sort of decisions shouldn't be left up to you. Individual freedom is a relative thing here."

And just when did he decide that our energy consumption should get the international stamp of approval? China is the biggest polluter in the world and yet they would be exempt from the Kyoto restrictions. Do they give a rat's rump whether or not WE are going to say OK?

Leadership doesn't mean assuming the role of a "red shirt" from Star Trek. This "you go first" crap ain't gonna fly.

Posted by Gary at May 19, 2008 08:36 AM | TrackBack

All he needs is a fuzzy sweater, and then to start talking about "malaise".

I'll also be willing to start listening to what the rest of the world thinks when they aren't ruled by dictators. But turn my heat down to please Hamas? Ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: The Abbot at May 19, 2008 08:40 AM


I'll be damned if Barry Obama is going to tell me I can't drive my SUV.

Screw Hams Hamas, too.

Posted by: GroovyVic at May 19, 2008 08:45 AM

As I recall, the "red shirts" on Star Trek often have a very short life...

I rode the bus for 14 years. I still don't have central air. Do I get back credit for being a good eco-friendly citizen?

The more I hear, the deeper my disgust goes.

Posted by: Diane at May 19, 2008 10:01 AM

Back in the 1990s when North Korea was going through a famine that literally decimated the country (1 in 10 dead) they instituted the happy policy: "Let's eat two meals a day!"

This guy is, to me, more and more resembling Kim Jong-Il. Not in terms of being a murderous thug, but rather in demanding we all march in lock-step to him. And any disagreement means you are being divisive.

Posted by: rbj at May 19, 2008 12:47 PM


A true test of seriousness about global warming is whether the libs are serious about doing without central air conditioning, for themselves. When Algore and the Breck Girl turn theirs off and I see the pit sweat stains, I will believe. But not before....

Posted by: kmr at May 19, 2008 05:56 PM

I'm really really starting to dislike Obama-Maud'Dib and his Bene Gesserit wife.

Vote Baron Vladimir Harkonnen '08!!!!

Posted by: nuthinhere at May 20, 2008 01:56 AM

The more I re-read that quote the phrase that really sticks out for me is "eat as much as we want". Sounds like a pretty contemptuous shot at middle America, which (as we keep hearing on the news) has an "obesity" problem.

Posted by: Gary at May 20, 2008 08:48 AM

I say AMEN my friend. I am so "over" listening to the Dems tell me how poorly I run my life and they need to take of it for me. Make the rest of the world catch up to American EPA standards before you tell me what I can and cannot do. Those funny little things that the government wants to erode away, thats' my freedom and my rights, things that make AMERICA, so bite my tailfeathers demobrats!!

Posted by: cheri at May 20, 2008 01:27 PM

If we turned the heat down any further the pipes would freeze... 72 degrees, ha, what a joke. Try 60. Just last night my husband remarked that if it was August we would be enjoying the chilled air! We don't drive an SUV. We have exactly one window air conditioner in the den. We use no chemical fertilizer on our property, grow our own herbs and veggies in the summer, compost all yard waste, sperate our trash into three different categories and self flaggelate with sticks every night because we are unworthy. OK, the stick part isn't true.

So, you can stuff it Mr. O... The idea that every American is inherently guilty of crimes against the earth is pablum for the masses.

Posted by: Babs at May 21, 2008 07:54 AM

And BTW, just in case anyone thinks me a greenie nut, I do this out of my own self interest. I can't afford to pay any more in energy costs... I have taken to hanging every fourth load of laundry on the line to cut down on dryer costs. I now use only cold water to wash our clothes. I practically beaned myself senseless tripping in the dark over the dogs trying to hold down our lighting cost (that one immediately went by the boards).
I do not use chemical fertilizer because it is tracked into the house on foot and paw where it resides in your carpet for 20 years due to the lack of UV in your house that breaks down this toxic chemical. Next time the ettes are rolling around having a great time on your carpet, think about it.
I also do not want to poison our aquifer or near by water bodies with toxics. Then you can't even eat the fish or shellfish, something that happens rather frequently around here.
We have two historic mill ponds just up the street from me that were used to generate power for grist mills and also supplied ice for the summer. We are now being asked as a community to cough up one million dollars to clean them up. Why? Because the run off from neighboring properties have polluted them so that they are a mass of green sludge. I have suggested to the garden club that they start a publicity drive to STOP IT for God's sake. A few non grass varieties in your lawn is a small price to pay considering that the entire community is now tasked with a one million dollar bill to clean up your mess. A pox on "Lawn Doctor." Your effite gardening foppery is costing me money!
I grow my own veggies because I do not want to eat stuff sprayed with gas and pesticide. They also taste so much better. I do not want to pay taxes to export my garbage to some 3rd world country because I am too lazy to seprerate my stuff. I don't drive an SUV because I don't want to fill the tank. I have nothing against SUV's per say.
The point I am making is that my behavior is not motivated by some higher up telling me how to live. It is pure self interest which, in the long run, is the only way to deal with environmental problems. I certainly would never take marching orders from some elite that tells me what bad people we are collectively, and then pile into their huge SUV's... I look at them in derision.
I do draw the line at the ban on incandescent bulbs. They will have to pry my incandescent bulbs from my cold dead hands. Anyone out there got a low flush toilet? We are all going to be driving to Canada for light bulbs in a few year's time... "I'll take a couple of them there toilets and 500 light bulbs, assorted wattage."

Posted by: Babs at May 21, 2008 12:59 PM

Babs. Great job - you've done what adults should do: consider the consequences of their actions and make informed decisions.

You don't say why you're married to incandescent bulbs - LEDs last exponentially longer on vastly less energy draw and can be purchased in a variety of lumens (light spectrum).

There're a kazillion LED sellers.

Posted by: tee bee at May 23, 2008 02:28 PM